[caption id="attachment_118590" align="alignleft" width="150"] Students "are learning to research with a purpose and back up their facts, which is the kind of learning Common Core expects," said principal Danny Ramsey.[/caption]

From the outside looking in on Christy Collins' seventh-grade language arts class at Baldwyn Middle School in Mississippi, it might seem odd to find students surfing the internet and perusing articles on everything from professional football to the latest make-up.

But they are actually learning. The class of almost 30 students is quiet enough to hear a pin drop.

"Right now, they're looking...

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